SHADOWS FALL's Atlantic Records debut, "Threads of Life", sold just over 24,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 46 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is substantially less than the 39,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, "The War Within" (Century Media), which came out in September 2004 and debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. SHADOWS FALL's "Fallout from the War" CD — featuring songs that didn't make it onto "The War Within", B-sides from Japan releases and a few cover songs — opened with just under 13,000 copies in June 2006 to land at No. 83 on The Billboard 200 chart.

In other news, STATIC-X's latest CD, "Cannibal", shifted more than 30,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at No. 36. This represents a slight drop from the 35,000 tally registered by the band's "Start a War" album, which came out in June 2005 and landed at No. 29.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 9, 2007, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all CD figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

CHEVELLE - "Vena Sera": 62,000 (#12)
STATIC-X - "Cannibal": 30,000 (#36)
SHADOWS FALL - "Threads of Life": 24,000 (#46)
BLACK SABBATH - "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years": 21,000 (#54)
POISON THE WELL - "Versions": 8,000 (#147)
THE CHARIOT - "The Fiancee": 7,000 (#169)
MANOWAR - "Gods of War": 2,000
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE – "Can't Stop The Machine": 1,900
SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY - "Parasite": 1,300
DEW-SCENTED – "Incinerate": 200
ONSLAUGHT - "Killing Peace": 100


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